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David-Michael-Stokes-240x300Middle school teacher David Michael Stokes of North Lauderdale, Florida was arrested on September 22 after he allegedly intoxicated two 16-year-old students at a Pompano Beach park.

Stokes, 45, is being charged with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of a lawyer.

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Sylvers-Robinson-300x169Drama teacher Sylvers Robinson of Miami was arrested Monday for allegedly sending pornography and sexual text messages to a 14-year-old student.

Robinson, 29, is being charged with directing or promoting sexual performance by a child, transmission of material that is harmful to minors, and using a computer to solicit or lure a child to engage in sexual conduct. It is unclear if Robinson has acquired the services of an attorney.

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Gallardo-Law-Firm-and-Criminal-Defense-Lawyer-Miami-small-300x200Civil asset forfeiture is different from most legal processes, where law enforcement officials seize property they assert has been involved in criminal activity. One need not be involved or charged with a crime in order for his or her property to be seized. In other words, in civil asset forfeiture proceedings, it’s essentially the property that is charged with the crime.

Forfeiture laws have been used historically and are intended to be used as tools to fight organized crime. When targeting criminal organizations whose sheer amount resources make them incredibly difficult to prosecute, having a legal means to seize the assets of these organizations can be helpful in weakening them. In practice, however, civil asset forfeiture laws are not always used in this way.

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Alexandra-Danison-244x300Alexandra Danison of Palm Springs, Florida was arrested on Sept. 13 on a DUI charge. She was arrested inside Palm Beach after she failed to follow police orders to exit the island via one of the security checkpoints set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Danison, 32, was charged with a DUI. She was held at Palm Beach County jail and released on her own recognizance the following day. It is unclear if she has acquired the services of an attorney.

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squad-car-1209719_640-300x162Any property can be subject to forfeiture, whether it be cars, boats, airplanes, cash, bank accounts, homes or businesses. If it can be connected to a crime, then it can be seized by the government.

You might be wondering what steps you should take to get your property back once it is seized. Here are a few pointers about asset forfeiture and how you should proceed if your property gets involved.

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